LTV Aerospace A-7E Corsair II Aircraft Data
Photo ID 214903 by Gerrit Kok Collection. USA Navy LTV Aerospace A 7E Corsair II, 160875
The A-7 Corsair II was developed as a replacement for the US Navy's fleet of A-4 Skyhawks. Like the A-4, the A-7 is a single-engined design, focused on the air-to-ground mission. The Corsair II has the distinction of being the only US design, since World War II, to be developed straight into combat. As with Vietnam, the A-7 served in Grenada, Lebanon, the Persian Gulf, Libya, Panama, Desert Shield/Storm. The last Navy A-7's were retired from service in May, 1991.

The A-7E is the U.S. Navy's variant of the USAF's A-7D fighter-bomber. From 1971, onward, the A-7E equipped 27 USN squadrons. Older A-7A/C models were eventually upgraded to E-standard. Of the improvements introduced with the A-7E, were all-weather, day/night FLIR, the HUD and terrain-following RADAR. Portugal operated a version of the A-7E, designated A-7P, with two squadrons. The A-7H, a version of the A-7E built for Greece, serves to this day. Operationally, the A-7E was superseded by the F/A-18A Hornet in USN service and by the F-16AM in Portuguese service. Greek A-7H's are slated to be replaced by the F-16C Block 52, in the near future. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) purchased 14 A-7E/TA-7C's in the 1990's and operated them from U-Tapao airfield. The RTN Corsairs are not currently airworthy and are maintained in taxi-only condition.
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • First Flight: 11/25/68
  • Initial Service Date: 1971
  • No. Built: 529
  • No. In Service: 60 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 8
  • Crew: 1

Power:

1× Allison TF41-A-2 non-afterburning turbofan at 14,500 lbf

Weapons:

1 x 20mm M61 Vulcan Gatling gun with 1,000 rounds.
4 x LAU-5003 rocket pods
2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder AAM's
2 x AGM-45 Shrike ARM's
2 x AGM-62 Walleye TV-guided bombs
2 x AGM-88 HARM's
2 x GBU-15 LGB's
or 30x500 lb Mark 80/82 unguided bombs
4 x B28/B57/B61 nuclear bombs

Dimensions:

Length: 46 ft. 1.5 in.
Wing Span: 38 ft. 9 in.
Wing Area: 375 sq.ft
Height: 16 ft. 0.75 in.
Empty Weight: 19,490 lbs
Max. Weight: 42,000 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load: 15,000 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed: 698 mph
Cruise Speed: 545 mph
Service Ceiling: 42,000 ft.
Normal Range: 621 nm
Max. Range: 2,485 nm

Operators:

Greece (Air Force, 62), Portugal (Air Force, 44, retired 1999), Thailand (Navy, 14, unserviceable), United States (Navy, 529, retired 1991)

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